Flavoxate - Benefits, dosage and side effects

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Flavoxate - Benefits, dosage and side effects
Flavoxate - Benefits, dosage and side effects

Flavoxate is a drug to treat complaints due to overactive bladder (OAB) or conditions of an overactive bladder, such as urinary incontinence, stomach cramps, or pain when urinating

Flavoxate is an antispasmodic drug of the antimuscarinic group. This drug works by relaxing the muscles around the bladder and urinary tract. This drug is intended to relieve complaints or symptoms, but cannot cure infections or inflammation of the urinary tract.

Flavoxate - Alodokter
Flavoxate - Alodokter

Flavoxate trademark: Urispas, Voxamed

What Is Flavoxate

Class Prescription drugs
Categories Antimuscarinic or antispasmodic
Benefits Relieve complaints due to overactive bladder (OAB)
Consumed by Adults and children 12 years old
Flavoxate for pregnant and lactating women Category B: Animal studies have not shown any risk to the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women. It is not known whether or not flavoxate is absorbed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor first.
Medicine form Tablets

Warning Before Consuming Flavoxate

Flavoxate should not be consumed carelessly. The use of this drug must be in accordance with a doctor's prescription. Some things to consider before consuming flavoxate are:

  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you have. Flavoxate should not be given to patients who are allergic to this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you have intestinal obstruction, gastrointestinal bleeding, or achalasia. Flavoxate should not be used by patients suffering from this condition.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had glaucoma, heart disease, kidney disease, stomach or intestinal infection, GERD, ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation, enlarged prostate gland (BPH), hyperthyroidism, or muscle and nerve disorders, such as myasthenia gravis.
  • Avoid being active for too long in direct sunlight while taking flavoxate treatment, because these drugs can reduce your ability to sweat, which can trigger heatstroke.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or do activities that require alertness after taking flavoxate, as this drug can cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including supplements and herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
  • See your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction, serious side effects, or overdose after taking flavoxate.

Dosage and Rules for Use of Flavoxate

The dosage of flavoxate in adults and children aged 12 years is 100–200 mg, taken 3-4 times a day. The doctor will reduce the dose if the patient's symptoms improve.

How to Consume Flavoxate Correctly

Always follow the doctor's instructions and read the instructions on the flavoxate packaging before consuming it. Do not increase or decrease the dose, and do not use the drug for longer than the time recommended by the doctor because it can increase the risk of side effects.

Flavoxate tablets can be taken before or after meals. To reduce the risk of stomach upset, take this medication with meals. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.

Take flavoxate at the same time every day to get maximum benefits. If you forget to take this drug, do it immediately if the break with the next consumption schedule is not too close. If it's close, ignore it and don't double the dose.

Store flavoxate tablets in a closed container in a cool place. Protect this medicine from direct sunlight and keep it out of reach of children.

Flavoxate Interaction with Other Drugs

Interaction effects that can occur if flavoxate is taken together with certain drugs are:

  • Increased body temperature and decreased ability to sweat when used with zonisamide or topiramate.
  • Increased risk of certain side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, or difficulty concentrating, when used with sodium oxybate, KCl, alprazolam, baclofen, cetirizine, codeine, fluoxetine, or ketamine.

Side Effects and Dangers of Flavoxate

Side effects that may appear after consuming flavoxate are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach ache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, headache
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision

Do an examination to the doctor if the side effects above don't go away or get worse. Call your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction to the drug or a more serious side effect, such as chest pain, palpitations, confusion, eye pain, persistent constipation, or persistent nausea and vomiting.